Lewis Hamilton believes off-track events in Formula 1 are like living in reality TV, saying he has heard “entertaining” stories lately.
The seven-time world champion was discussing the entire season and the drama that went with it off the track namely Red Bull breaching the 2021 budget cap – with last year’s title rivals Hamilton being fined $7 million after $2.2. A one million increase in spending was revealed by the FIA, along with a loss of time and resources to develop their cars for the next season.
Red Bull has been more in the spotlight in recent weeks following the fallout from team orders from Brazil, when Max Verstappen refused to hand sixth place to Sergio Perez at the end of the race, although both drivers and the team say that problem has now occurred. been settled.
But looking at the entertainment that took place on the track, the Mercedes driver feels there is an analogy to a world of another kind of television beyond the track.
“The cost cap gate, for example, is one element,” Hamilton said with a chuckle when asked about his thoughts on the season’s off-track drama.
“It’s very funny, some of the things I’ve been hearing over the past few days have been very entertaining. I’m sure everything will be on Netflix, it will be great.”
Hamilton was speaking ahead of the season finale at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where the 2021 event saw Verstappen be crowned world champion in controversial circumstances.
The Mercedes driver has made it clear he was touched by the support that came his way in the wake of Verstappen’s victory, with Hamilton himself recently doubling down on his belief that the race result had been “rigged” by then-race director Michael Masi under the circumstances in which the season ended.
The seven-time world champion added that a turbulent 2022 was the catalyst for a “nice experience” for him, although he didn’t fight much in the hard finish.
“I definitely didn’t expect what would happen next [Abu Dhabi 2021],” He said.
And then just the general love I had during the year which I think is what got me through the year, if I’m really honest — with the challenge of coming back, wanting to fight but not being able to drive.
“So this year was a year that I was able to open up a little bit more, and that was a really nice experience. So I’m really grateful for that.”
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